Hampstead Baptist Church is having an Interactive Live Nativity tonight and Saturday night.
This family event will take place outside in the parking lot of the church, but there is no need worry about the cold, said Dave Frazeur, director of student ministries for Hampstead Baptist. Bonfires will be going in several different areas so people can keep warm.
This open house-style event will be set up like a marketplace in Bethlehem during the time of Jesus' birth. Vendors will be busy at work, giving demonstrations throughout the "town": whittling, metalworking, looming and working with leather.
Hot chocolate, water and star cookies will also be available as snacks.
The star cookies were chosen with a purpose: to represent the star that shone above Jesus' birthplace.
"We wanted to keep it simple and we wanted there to be no doubt what it's all about: We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ," Frazeur said.
Stop by anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. The Christmas story will be read and the Live Nativity will be performed on the hour: 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
Children will be able to participate in different activities throughout and make some crafts to take home.
Everyone will interact with townspeople, watch King Herod's guards search for the baby Jesus and get a feel for what life was like the night the savior was born.
This event and all activities are free.
The church is at 328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead.
For more information, call the church at 410-374-9908 or visit
Santa to visit
Santa will be visiting Manchester tonight, as well as Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Weather permitting, Santa will be riding on a Manchester fire truck throughout the neighborhoods and streets of Manchester between 6 and 8 p.m.
Just like we never know when Santa will deliver his gifts, there is no set schedule for where Santa will be visiting at what time.
For more information, contact the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company, which is hosting Santa for these visits, at 410-239-2286.
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Students on stage
Four local students have been on stage at the Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre in recent weeks as cast members in "The King and I."
William Paterson, a Hampstead home-schooled student, performs as Prince Chulalongkorn. A Baltimore Actors' Theatre Academy alumnus, he is now a Baltimore Actors' Theatre cast member.
Madelyn Ebaugh, also a Hampstead home-schooled student, plays one of the king's children, as does Amelia Schilling, who attends Spring Garden Elementary School. Both girls are currently enrolled in the Baltimore Actors' Theatre Academy.
Dereck Atwater, of Taylorsville, attends the Baltimore Actors' Theatre Conservatory. He has a role as one of the king's children, performs in the "Ballet," and is the alternate for Prince Chulalongkorn and Louis Leonowens.
"The King and I" production is put on by the Baltimore Actors' Theatre. The theater has two educational programs: the conservatory, an accredited college preparatory school for the arts for kindergartners through 12th-graders, and the academy, which runs on Saturdays from October through April each year and offers a theater-arts program for students ages 7 through 15.
All conservatory students are required to audition for every Baltimore Actors' Theatre production as part of their education process. Academy students don't have to audition, but are encouraged to do so.
"There is a big difference performing at the dinner theatre as opposed to a school production. It is an audience filled with strangers who are paying to see a professional performance. It gives the children a great sense of pride to have a patron approach them and tell them how much they enjoyed the show," Linda Atwater, Baltimore Actors' Theatre school secretary and company manager, wrote in an email.
Amelia said, "It really feels good to be up on stage. I got nervous for a second but I just faced my fears." She said she's "really having a lot of fun" being part of the show.
The "King and I" has two more performances at Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre: Dec. 21 and 22.
On Saturday, the doors will open at 6 p.m., the buffet will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the doors open at noon, the buffet will open at 12:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $40, seniors tickets are $37 and children 12 and younger are $20. Group rates are available.
The dinner theater is at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley.
For more information, call Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre at 410-771-8427.